54: Ok Ladies, No more mooning everyone around you just cause you need to pee.

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SHOW NOTES:

100_1276Join us today is Krista Eickmann promoter and distributor of the PStyle. This revolutionary invention allows women and trans men to stand up and pee without removing any clothing. It’s super easy to use, reusable, and eliminates the need for toilet paper. And best of all no more mooning everyone around you just cause you need to pee.

 

BIO:

Bio: Krista Eickmann is a weirdo for life. She currently divides her time between promoting practical plastic crotch devices, working to replace oppression with support, growing food, caring for goats, and nailing a hand stand.

 

CONTACT INFO:

URL: http://www.thepstyle.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/thepstylecom/169032073111

53: Amanda Maksin – Shop Demo Depot

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SHOW NOTES:

Rejuvenate your Community by Selling Reusable Goods

image003Here is an amazing way to get your community involved in reusing unwanted building supplies and good, while also support local families.

Shop Demo Depot is based in Mt. Pleasant, PA and was created as a social enterprise through the non-profit Westmoreland Community Action.  SDD began in 2010 by reclaiming and salvaging building materials, but officially opened its door on August 27, 2012.  The mission of SDD is “To reduce landfill waste and promote the resale and reuse of goods, while financially supporting Community Action initiatives that help those in need.”

Shop Demo Depot accepts tax-deductible donations of surplus and reusable building supplies from businesses, manufacturers, and the general public. We inspect all materials and will decline unsatisfactory, broken, or items with missing parts. Since our mission is to reuse these materials, they must be in sale-able condition.

 

ABOUT AMANDA MAKSIN:

Amanda Maksin is the Marketing & PR Specialist for Shop Demo Depot.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State (Greater Allegheny campus) in Communications and her Master’s degree from Point Park University in Public Relations.

After graduation, Amanda held a number of jobs at Penn State Greater Allegheny including, Adjunct Professor, Head Softball Coach, and Admissions Counselor, before moving on to Shop Demo Depot.

 

CONTACT INFO:

URL: http://www.shopdemodepot.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shop-Demo-Depot/440971272592924#!/pages/Shop-Demo-Depot/440971272592924

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ShopDemoDepot

 

52: EcoPlum – Buying Eco-Friendly Products Pays Off

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SHOW NOTES:

Gia-EcoPlumPicJoin us today is Gia Machlin, founder of EcoPlum a green shopping rewards site with eco-friendly products and green living ideas that makes it fun, easy and rewarding to go green. She carefully selects stylish and unique green products from vendors who earned third party sustainability certification, carry notable eco-labels, or make products primarily from recycled materials. Gia and EcoPlum have been featured on Green is Good Radio, WOR Talk Radio, Crain’s New York, and many other business publications. Plus, EcoPlum is a Green America approved business.

 

The 5 shopping questions to ask before buying  http://www.ecoplum.com/blog/an-inconvenient-truth-about-our-shopping-habits/

CONTACT INFORMATION: Website: www.ecoplum.com and/or shop www.ecoplum.com/shop  Plus as a special shopping bonus for Greener by Choice listeners, take 15% off your order when you send an email to radio@ecoplum.com Facebook: Facebook.com/EcoPlum Twitter: Twitter.com/EcoPlum Pinterest: Pinterest.com/ecoplum

51: Take the Plastic Free Challenge

SHOW NOTES:

SaveOurShores.org states that ”80% of plastic pollution that enters the ocean originates from land. Common sources include: recreational beach users, people who drop litter on sidewalks and streets, plastics manufacturers and transporters, illegal dumping, and areas with inadequate trash receptacles. All land-based plastic pollution has the potential to become ocean pollution. Plastics easily blow into the ocean or washed down storm drains that flow directly to the Bay, and oceans around the world.” Discover 3 Ways to help protect Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles, and Fish.

“Ocean pollution affects over 267 species worldwide, including 86% of sea turtle species, 44% of all sea bird species, and 43% of marine mammal species.”

Human consumption of plastic is spiraling out of control. We are using a material that technically lasts forever to manufacture items we use for less than 30 minutes. For example: plastic shopping bags, beverage bottles, plastic cups, eating utensils, etc. Discover what you can do to protect marine mammals, turtles, and fish.

 

Download the full Simple Green Up Toolkit: Simple Ways to Protect Marine Mammals, Turtles, and Fish.

 

50: 3 Simple Ways to Protect Marine Mammals, Turtles, and Fish

SHOW NOTES:

“Ocean pollution affects over 267 species worldwide, including 86% of sea turtle species, 44% of all sea bird species, and 43% of marine mammal species.”

Human consumption of plastic is spiraling out of control. We are using a material that technically lasts forever to manufacture items we use for less than 30 minutes. For example: plastic shopping bags, beverage bottles, plastic cups, eating utensils, etc. Discover what you can do to protect marine mammals, turtles, and fish.

 

Download the full Simple Green Up Toolkit: Simple Ways to Protect Marine Mammals, Turtles, and Fish.

 

 

 

49: Missy Schenck, Green River Preserve

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:

MISSY&SANDY-2011-10-061Missy Schenck, executive directory of Green River Preserve is a non-competitive, coed summer camp connecting children with nature. Located on a 3,400 acre private wildlife preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, this extraordinary natural setting inspires campers to have a greater understanding of themselves, their environment, and their fellow man. Designed for bright, curious, and creative children, their program nurtures character development and fosters skills like perseverance, curiosity, communication, optimism, creativity, and GRIT.

The signature of Green River Preserve’s program is the mentor hike. Led by mentor naturalists, campers explore forest, streams, and hidden valleys of the Preserve. Filled with adventure, discovery, and a heightened appreciation of the natural world, campers learn to use all of their senses as they play under waterfalls, crawl into caves, explore archeological sites, track wildlife, and taste edible plants.

Green America approved business and they strive for excellence in environmental sustainability and social justice.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Green River Preserve
301 Green River Road
Cedar Mt., N.C.  28718
Tel:  828-698-8828 
Fax: 828-698-9201

E-Mail: info@greenriverpreserve.org

URL: http://www.greenriverpreserve.org

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/greenriverpreserve

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/GRPreserveCamp/videos

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/grpreserve

PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/grpreserve/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/grpreserve

BLOG: http://www.greenriverpreserve.org/blog

 

 

48: Set up your Recycling Area

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Recycling is a terrific way to help reduce the amount of trash you dump in the landfill, but without proper planning piles of old newspaper and plastic containers can sure mess up your home or office. This episode shares ideas of how to set up a recycling area to hold everything in nice, neat bins.

 

SHOW SCRIPT – 48: Set up your recycling area and begin collecting

Recycling BinsHello my fellow green lifestyle friends, I’m C S. So glad you can join me today. This weeks topic is 3 ways to reduce trash and prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill.

In episode 47 we covered Step 1: How to perform a quick and fun trash audit and today we are covering step 2 how-to set up your recycling area and step 3 start collecting.

Let’s talk about step 2 how-to set up your recycling area:

  • First determine what can be recycled in your community. Call your local transfer station or check their website to see what they accept. Also many communities provide a poster or flyer showing all the items they accept for recycling and you can use it as a resource.
  • If you have items you community won’t accept, check out TerraCycle.com they are company that offers collection program for many non recyclable items.
  • Next Choose an area in your home to hold your recycling bins. One of my friends build a recycling area in his garbage to comfortably hold each bin.
  • Make or buy a bin to hold each category (Glass, Cans, Paper, Cardboard, etc.) These categories are determined based on what type of recycling you generate, how much and how often it gets picked up or you head to the local transfer station or recycling center. TIP: Choose containers that hold more than you’ll normally need. This way you won’t be stuck with a mound of overflowing items. This way they only have to take one trip per month, saving them time and gas money.

Step 3: START COLLECTING, have fun collecting and seeing the amazing impact you are having on reducing the amount of trash you are keeping out of your local landfill.

You’ll be amazing at how many items you really can recycle: Aluminum, Paper & Paperboard, Cardboard, Glass jam jars, beer and wine bottles, shampoo bottles, soda and beer cans, plastic water bottles, phone books, magazines, Plastic take out containers, and so much more.

Plus please Note: Plastic is one of the most important items to recycle because it takes thousands of years to disintegrate and decompose.

I hope you’ve found these recommendations useful and are inspired to take action so together we can enjoy a greener, cleaner lifestyle.

Today’s Simple Green Up Action Step is to set up your recycling area and begin collecting. Report back to us and share your progress 🙂

Stay tuned, next week’s topic is How-to Swim in an Ocean of Plastic.

In the meantime, go to Greener by Choice to  download your Simple Green Up Tool Kit 3 Ways to Reduce Trash and prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill.

I’ll see you in the next episode, until then enjoy your day and the world around you.

 

 

47: Turn your Trash Audit into a Treasure Hunt

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Hello my fellow green lifestyle friends, I’m your host C S.So glad you can join me today. This weeks topic is 3 ways to reduce trash and prevent tons of waste from entering your local landfill.

Let’s start with Step 1: How to perform a quick and fun trash audit.

Trash Can PicThere are many benefits to performing a waste audit in your home or office. This easy process will help you evaluate the amount and types of trash being generated. Plus, you’ll be able to set up a plan to reduce, recycle, reuse, and rethink ways to divert as much as possible from the landfill.

You’ll benefit by:

  • Cutting costs and saving money
  • Improving your waste management systems
  • Increasing your recycling efforts

SO STOP THROWING EVERYTHING AWAY

Here are the simple steps to begin. And yes a trash audit can be a lot more fun that you may realize. Think of it as a treasure hunt.

1. Open up your trash bag and really look at what you are throwing away. What do you see? Soda or water bottles, paper board boxes, cardboard boxes, plastic food take out containers, leftover food? etc.

2. Now identify what items can be recycled. Do you see any items that could have been reused? or maybe repurposed into new items? What about composted? Does your community offer composting? Or how about setting up a backyard composting bin to capture the value of the leftover foods? Over 60% of what we throw away could be recycled, reused, repurposed or even composted.

3. What adjustments can you make to your buying habits to reduce the amount of trash you put into your local landfill? How about, stop buying products that generate lots of wasted packaging materials. If the packaging materials can’t be recycled and only generate trash, don’t buy the product. If it is a product you really love than speak up, contact the manufacturer and request they change their packaging to a material that can be recycled. (If enough of us do this, they will take notice)

I hope you’ve found these recommendations useful and are inspired to take action so together we can enjoy a greener, cleaner lifestyle.

Today’s Simple Green Up Action Step is to perform your own trash audit and report your findings back to us. We’d all love to see what treasure you find in your trash.

Stay tuned tomorrow we’ll talk about how to set up your recycling area and begin collecting more recycling items.

In the meantime,  download your Simple Green Up Tool Kit 3 Ways to Reduce Trash and prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill.

I’ll see you in the next episode, until then enjoy your day and the world around you.

 

 

46: Prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill

This weeks podcast topic is how to prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill and I’ll be sharing 3 simple ways you can make this happen.

In 2012, Americans generated over 251 millions tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 86.6 million tons. Diverting about 32% of waste from landfills. ““This prevented the release of approximately 168 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the air in 2012 — similar to taking 33 million cars off the road for a year.” “Imagine if we increased our recycling rate to 60%. It could save an equivalent of 315 million barrels of oil per year.”

Today’s simple green up action step: Take a look at each item you are about to throw out. Can it be recycled, composted, reused, or up cycled? If so, don’t throw it out.

Stay Tuned: Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how to perform your trash audit. Yes it will be more fun than you can imagine.

In the meantime, remember to download your Simple Green Up Tool Kit – 3 Ways to Reduce Trash and prevent tons of trash from entering your local landfill.

Enjoy your day and the world around you.

C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl

45: Climate Change, One Week Later

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EcoWorldSunday marks one week after 400,000 people from all around the country marched in NYC and called for action on climate change. This march was part of a series of 2,600 events like this one taking place in 56 countries.

What’s great is more and more people are finally recognizing that climate change does in fact exist and together we need to explore ways to re-balance the earth.

Hopefully leaders from around the world were listening and are ready to take bold action before it’s too late.

Voice of America gathered some amazing quotes that really sum up the conversation:

 

Winny Byanyima, a Uganda aeronautical engineer, politician, diplomat, and executive director of Oxfam International stated “That the agenda includes issues of social justice, food, public health and community survival.

She said “We want to see action, because science tells us that if we don’t act now we are heading for a planetary catastrophe. We want governments to put their economies on a path that is sustainable, that meets the needs of human beings and needs of the planet to survive.”

George Rusham called for clean air and clean water to sustain life. He states “We love this planet. We love the ability to have a future. We want to stand up and raise our voices that those who we elect to represent us, this must be their agenda or we’re not interested in them as well.”

It’s important for each and everyone of us to keep the momentum going forward to make a positive change.

Here are a couple of things you can do:

  • Invest in clean energy – take a look at your investment portfolio. How is your money being used? Stay tuned, next week we have a full episode coming up called “Easy ways to Invest in Clean Energy.”
  • Bank with local credit unions and community funded banks. This is a great way to strengthen your communities by keeping the money close to home. It’s time to break up with your megabank who are investing your money in pollution related projects. More on this topic in a future episode.

Together let’s keep the conversation going and expanding – Talk to your friends, family, and community members. Encourage folks to divest their investments from fossil fuels to clean energy. The faster we make changes, the more pressure we put on polluters, the quicker our earth can recover from all this damage.

I look forward to seeing you in the next episode. Until then enjoy your day and the world around you.